Mmmmmmm Vittoria! Looks like your typical posh market restaurant, except the food actually tastes good. Overall, the dining experience was a memorable one and I’de be sure to go back. Here is a breakdown of why.
It was good. Nothing extraordinary, but it really didn’t need to be as the food spoke for itself. The staff was polite, respectful and very pleasant.
Elegant and warm. There is a great wood burning pizza oven made of stone in one corner which gives a nice feel to the dining room. Vittoria is perfect for a date, a sit down for business at lunch or a dinner celebration for a special event with friends and family.
This is where things get serious. The food was simply delicious. The pasta was neither overcooked nor undercooked, neither too saucy nor too dry. If you like a bit of spice, ask for their chipotle cream sauce for any pasta you order. The Ala Gorgonzola pasta was amazing; cheesy and saucy with red grapes to ease the taste. Based on recommendations from friends, the thin crust pizzas are also very delicious.
As for appetizers. I have tried only the Spinach and Artichoke dip and the Bruschetta. Now I am a firm believer that a good Italian restaurant can only be good if it makes a descent bruschetta… Vittoria’s was a killer. Usually Bruschetta can get soggy or garlicky, theirs was neither. It was brought out on slices of bread which were also delicious, not too crispy or chewy.
Reasonable. Appetizers average around $8 to $10. Lunch can be done with around $12 to $18 and dinner anywhere from $15 to the high 30s, depending on whether you have pizza, pasta or their more pricey dishes.
Probably one of my favourite restaurants in Ottawa; and definitely one of the better Italian ones. When you combine the key factors leading to a great eating-out experience (food, atmosphere, price), Vittoria Trattoria does a great job of balancing all three, without compromising any.
Above is a picture of the Caprese salad. Although I didn’t order this myself, my friend who did recommended it for next time.